TWO of the best franchises in the Champions Indoor League might move to the Indoor Football League in 2019. The Quad CITY Steamwheelers and the Omaha Beef from the top of their organizations to the bottom are two of the finest franchises the sport has to offer. They have blessed the CIF with competition that is unmatched in the game. If they move to the IFL it most likely would have too do with geographical issues. The two would be natural rivals for the Nebraska Danger, Iowa Barnstormers, Green Bay Blizzard, and too some extent Sioux Falls and Cedar Rapids. This could put the IFL on televisions radar possibly the NFL Network, which badly needs football programming after the NFL season.
Legal issues between the IFL and CIF could stop this move from happening. The two leagues could merge and create formidable competition for the National Arena League and the Arena Football League. It would take a lot of concessions from both parties but it may be worth if if it could help the sport gain a foothold in the indoor market.
Post by DiamondThief on Aug 15, 2018 18:48:25 GMT -8
Both seem to be solid franchises. I know there are rumors out there about both teams, but until we find out something (hopefully sonner rather than later), those are just rumors. As far as the IFL and CIF merging, I just don't see that happening. Even if it did, I don't see a new league getting national television exposure. Even with the NFL struggling a bit, I would think they would stick to their own programming to promote their own brand.
This site's CEO, Kasey, is an attorney and she could certainly tell you more, but it's my understanding that one of these teams just completed their two-year contract with the CIF. If that is the case and they have not re-signed their League Affiliation Agreement with any league, making a move to the IFL wouldn't come with any legal issues. Kasey can expound more on that, but that's my understanding. As for Omaha or any other current team, I believe the same would apply. I also think the IFL is going to be a lot more cautious as they pursue those possibilities for 2019.
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Gonna take awhile for the bad feelings & mistrust between the two leagues to even consider a merger. I don't know why IFL would entertain the thought of a merger? If 2 of the best CIF franchises (i.e. QC & Omaha) want to petition for entry into the IFL I think it's something IFL should consider (does QC have more than a one year commitment to CIF?). At this point in time I feel IFL has an opportunity to become the premier U.S. arena/indoor football league (even by default as there isn't a clear cut #1 league). Allshouse is a decent commissioner and Shurts can attract new capital to the league.